Cookies are little files my site puts on your computer, to help my site see how many people have visited, which pages they’ve read and so on.
I have a pop-up that tells you about these cookies, and by visiting my site you are implying consent for my site to put cookies on your computer or device.
I use third-party WordPress plugins such as JetPack, some sharing buttons and so on, which use anonymised information such as the length of time you spend reading my blog, what country you’re in, and which links you’ve clicked. The main reason I use the JetPack suite is because of the Akismet spam control; I’m not really interested in tracking how many people have visited my site or not.
If you would prefer not to download cookies, then you can refuse. It’s very easy to do and there are thorough instructions on www.aboutcookies.org.
When you comment on my blog, and I reply, I have a WordPress app-bot that automatically sends you an email to let you know that someone has replied to your particular comment, if you opt-in. This app doesn’t do anything else, and I don’t use the e-mail addresses given for comments for anything else — unless you ask me explicitly to e-mail you.
I have a newsletter, Passing Notes, for people who want to keep up with the highlights of my work and life but don’t wish to read every blog post. I aim to update this newsletter monthly, but life often gets in the way and lately it’s been more like a handful of times per year.
As part of the registration process for Passing Notes, I collect only the personal information that you have provided (i.e. your name and e-mail address). I only use that information to contact you through or about the newsletter, unless you specify that other use is okay. I don’t sell, rent, or trade lists with anyone else or any organisations or businesses.
I do use a third-party provider, MailChimp, to deliver my newsletter. MailChimp gathers statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies to help me monitor and improve Passing Notes. The graphs are quite pretty. For more information, please see MailChimp’s privacy notice.
I have always asked permission before adding anyone to Passing Notes, whether that’s in person, via e-mail or using the automated sign-up form. I will continue to do this.
You can unsubscribe from Passing Notes at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any of my e-mails to the list, or by replying to me and asking me to remove you from the list.
If you e-mail me, you imply permission for me to e-mail you back. I won’t add you to the Passing Notes newsletter unless you ask me to!
You have the option of supporting my work through Patreon, Paypal subscriptions, Liberapay and Bandcamp. Currently, Liberapay is the only one of these that does not show me your name and contact details. You can also purchase my sheet music through Lulu, and that doesn’t show me any data either.
I don’t store information about you or your financial support of me electronically anywhere other than with the relevant providers, and you should familiarize yourself with their privacy policies if you have concerns about how they will use your information. If your financial support tier is one which includes physical rewards, I will also have access to your snail mail address, which I will not share with any other entity except in order to use it for posting your rewards.
Data About Your Data
You are entitled to view, amend, or delete the personal information that I hold. You can ask for this via e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or replying directly to a newsletter communication from me.